A startling set of videos show a humpback whale breaching the surface of the water off the California coast and nearly swallowing two kayakers.
Julie McSorley and Liz Cottriel were whale-watching in a tandem kayak near the shore of Avila Beach on Monday when they found themselves swarmed by a massive pool of fish.
McSorley, who was filming the whales on her phone, told Fox26 News she saw one of the humpbacks approach until it was "right here in my face. Literally."
"All of a sudden, I lifted up, and I was in the water," McSorley said. "I'm thinking I'm dead. That's what I thought. I'm dead. Because I thought he was going to land on me."
One video taken from a few feet away shows the humpback breach from underneath the kayak, with its mouth narrowly missing the vessel as it flipped over.
McSorley's video simply shows a blur of blue and yellow as the whale capsizes the kayak, while the two women scream.
McSorley said both women were assisted by nearby paddle boarders and kayakers, who rushed to their aid thinking the whale swallowed the kayak, though it hadn't.
The only casualty from the incident was McSorley's car keys, she said.
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